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Light and Shade


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Variegated yarns frequently call my name, but I often have trouble knitting them up. Patterns that looked beautiful in theory can look messy in reality. Light and Shade is a simple cowl designed for use with those tough but beautiful Malabrigo variegateds. The slip stitch honeycomb pattern breaks up the colors and gives a look of dappled light rather than pooling or messiness. An attached i-cord edging makes a neat, tailored edge that looks great without much effort. The button placket is a great opportunity to use some pretty buttons and the cowl sits differently depending on how many holes you button. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on Knit Purl Slip stitches GAUGE 15 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 10 needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Small: 7 inches high, 20 inches wide. Large: 7 inches high, 24 inches wide.

Supplies Needed

  • 1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted [100% Merino; 210 yds per 100g skein] - shown in Jaen (Small) and Mariposa (Large)
  • 1 set U.S. size 6 (4 mm) needles
  • 1 set U.S. size 10 (6 mm) needles

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Knitting Kninja
Knitting Kninja
Kristen Hanley Cardozo lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and an increasingly large collection of yarn and knitting patterns. Kristen is a loose cannon, but also the best cop on the force. She designs knitwear whenever she gets half a chance.